Over the summer, I had the pleasure of recording the tracks for Danielle Steers’ new album, of iconic songs by Jim Steinman.
Now, Danielle is well-known for her powerhouse performance in the musical Bat Out Of Hell, so it was an honour to continue that connection with this recording.
Before the whole album is released, the first single is out now, our rendition of the beautiful ballad Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – which Danielle & I recorded live in the studio. Coming up with a solo acoustic arrangement of the piano part was an enjoyable task, and I was aiming for a James Taylor style mood for this take, using my Maton steel-string.
More information when I get it, but for now you can download the song here!
Back in February I had the joy of recording live in Abbey Road’s palatial Studio 1 with the fantastic London Show Choir and some of the finest orchestral musicians in London. One of the pieces we performed was Queen’s epic The Show Must Go On, replete with both solos (huzzah!), at a rather hefty volume –
Big clogs to fill, and a real treat to do so.
I used my PRS Goldtop DGT, MXR CS Phase 90, Custom Tones TWE-1 & Paul C Timmy, and the Catalinbread Belle Epoch into my Victory V40 head & Creamback cab.
Alongside m’colleagues Andy Jones & Nico Sabatini, I had the honour of taking part in Guitarist Magazine’s Amp Modelling special, April 2017 issue 418.
We get together in their studio and have a chat and a shred through our units – I used my trusty Fractal Axe FX and JM-style from Eternal Guitars – we’re not comparing them as such, but looking at how they fit into our world of stage, theatre and studio work.
The video of the session is available on Facebook and YouTube, so put the kettle on and enjoy!
Delighted to announce the landing of troubadour & chap Hadley Fraser’s solo EP “Just Let Go” today.
Hadley & I worked on The Pajama Game last year in Chichester so it’s a treat to carry on music-making with the gent. As well as being the world-class actor & singer that he is, he’s a very fine guitarist as well.
Musically, it’s some lovely country-tinged tuneage, which has plenty of dobro, mandolin & banjo from this scribe.
Please check it out, and enjoy!
Gentle Internet Denizens, hello.
I bought a lovely Custom Audio Electronics wah the other day. It’s the closest I’ve found to the elusive (to me) wah tone Joe Satriani achieved on his gorgeous instrumental ‘Love Thing’.
To test it, I’ve recorded the same track, for a bit of fun. I love the way this pedal reacts to the phrasing, I hope it’s captured the same feel of the original.
Crikey, been a while. Things have been busy around the start of the year, all fun & games and I’m still around. Just forgetting to update the site, really.
So here’s somethin’, a video from a workshop performance of ‘My Land’s Shore’ that I think is rather special:
Gorgeous arrangements and a lovely band. I used my Martin 000CX and an AER Compact 60 for all the strummage. Enjoy!
Excited to announce the release of ‘Fireflies’, the debut album from the alt rock band Idle Kings. I can be heard playing misc. lead guitar bits and loud fuzzy chords throughout.
Listen to/buy ‘Fireflies’ here